School holiday trout stocking

Ahead of the school holidays, 'ready-to-catch' rainbow trout are stocked into lakes around Melbourne and regional centres.

The rainbow trout stocked are advanced yearlings and are suitable to be caught immediately. Rainbow trout are a good option for children or those trying fishing for the first time, because they are relatively easy to catch and take a variety of baits and lures.

This stocking program aims to encourage families to go fishing, particularly during school holidays.

Anglers are reminded that a daily bag limit of five trout applies, of which only two can exceed 35 centimetres.

Fish stocking is funded by recreational fishing licence fees and the State Government's Target One Million plan, which aims to get more people fishing, more often.

School holiday family fishing waters

Water1st Term Holidays (April)2nd Term Holidays (July)3rd Term Holidays (Sept)Gone Fishing Day (14 Oct)
StockedStockedPredictedPredicted
Albert Park Lake0150015000
Alexandra Lake (Ararat)03003000
Allans Flat Dredge Hole0750750500
Anderson Lake (Chiltern)0500  500 0
Arboretum Dam (Euroa)03003000
Bannockburn Lagoon (Bannockburn)03003000
Bartlett Lake (Tatura)01501500
Berwick Springs Estate Lake07507500
Calembeen Lake (Creswick)02002000
Casey Fields Lake (Cranbourne)0750750750
Cato Lake (Stawell)03003000
Caulfield Racecourse Lake03003000
Cobden Lake (Cobden)03003000
Coleraine Lagoon (Coleraine)03003000
Crusoe Reservoir (Bendigo)04504500
Darlingsford Lake (Melton)0300 5000
Don Lake (Healesville)04004000
Dunkeld Arboretum (Dunkeld)00 - Restoration works00
Eildon Pondage Weir (Eildon)1500 + broodstock

900+ broodstock

At least 1000 + broodstock

Will receive a total of 14,000 ready-to-catch trout over the year

Emerald Lake05005000
Esmond Lake (Ballarat)02502500
Ess Lagoon (Casterton)0500 5000
Felltimber Creek Wetlands (Wodonga)06006000
Ferntree Gully Quarry04504500
Foletti Caravan Park Lake (Donald)03503500
Forest Lake (Kangaroo Flat)02002000
Garfield Lake (Garfield)02502500
Glenlyon Dam (Glenlyon, Victoria)02002000
Glenrowan Recreational Reserve Lake05005000
Goldfields Reservoir (St Arnaud)0100 - low water level00
Golf Course Dam (Longwood)0300 3000
Great Western Racing Recreation Reserve Lake (Great Western)002000
Guthridge Lake (Sale)02502500
Haddon Reservoir (Haddon)02002000
Hanging Rock Lake (Woodend)03503500
Heyfield Racecourse Lake (Heyfield)03003000
Hyland Lake (Churchill)0800800800
Jack Emmett Lagoon (Rupanyup)003500
Jubilee Lake (Daylesford)02002000
Jubilee Lake (Skipton)02002000
Karkarook Lake (Moorabbin)02000 20002000
Kennington Reservoir (Strathdale)05005000
Les Stone Park Lake (Wodonga)0300 3000
Lethbridge Lake (Lethbridge)03003000
Lilliput Lane Reserve (Pakenham)01001000
Lilydale Lake (Lilydale)0100010000
Lismore Golf Club Dam02002000
Marma Lake (Murtoa)03503500
Marysville Lake (Marysville)4504504500
Merriwa Park Lake (Wangaratta)02002000
Minyip Wetlands (Minyip)002000
Mooroopna Recreation Reserve Lake (Mooroopna)01501500
Morwell/Kernot Lake (Morwell)0*0* 0* 0*
Mount Beauty Pondage 0**0**0**0**
Navan Park Lake (Melton)01050600 
Neangar Lake (Eaglehawk)03003000
Nhill Lake (Nhill)002000
Numurkah Lake0000
Nursery Reservoir (Macedon)05000 0
Ouyen Lake (Ouyen)050000
Old Hamilton Reservoir (Hamilton)04002000
Pakenham Lake (Pakenham)07507500
Pertobe Lake (Warrnambool)04504500
Police Paddock Dams (Horsham)04504500
Quarry Street Reserve Lake (Trentham)020000
Rokewood Reservoir0000
Rowville Lakes0550 (400 into Sutton Lake, 150 into Hill Lake)550 (400 into Sutton Lake, 150 into Hill Lake)0
Roxburgh Park Lakes (McIvor Lake, Roxburgh Park)04004000
Saint Augustine's Water Hole (Geelong)07507500
Sambell Lake (Beechworth)04504500
Simpson Recreation Reserve Lakes (Simpson)03003000
Spavin Lake (Sunbury)08506000
Stanley Ditch Dam (Stanley)05005000
Sumsion Gardens Lake (Wodonga)04004000
Tchum Lake (Birchip)0100010000
Tea Tree Lake (Mortlake)03003000
The Gong (Buninyong)02002000
Tom Thumb Lake (Eaglehawk)020000
Tronoh Dredge Hole (Harrietville)04004000
Upper Sandy Creek Dam (Sandy Creek)07507500
Victoria Lake (Shepparton)07507500
Victoria Lakes (Ballarat)05005000
Walter J Smith Reserve (Riddells Creek)02002000
Yarrambat Lake (Yarrambat)010001000600

* Morwell Lake cannot be stocked due to water contamination. Contact the EPA for more information

**Not a 2020 Family Fishing Water.